Cheap flights to Paris
There really is nowhere quite like Paris. New York may have the buzz and London may have the nightlife, but Paris has the romance, the architecture and the food. The ‘City of Light’ has long been the preferred city break destination for doe-eyed couples who come for the unrivalled architecture, the quality of its restaurants and romantic night cruises down the River Seine.
But there is more to Paris than just the language of love. This place is also the capital of fashion, haute cuisine and is one of the most culturally rich cities in the world. Paris is full of galleries dripping with artistic masterpieces and streets filled with some of the most iconic buildings in the world. Anyone fancy a trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower, or a walk along the Champs Elysées with its endless array of designer stores?
Now it's warm enough to contemplate an afternoon outside, go and peruse the varied and colourful stalls of Bastille market, open every Sunday and Thursday until early afternoon. Early risers get the best pick of the beautifully arranged fruit and vegetables, but come along at any time of day to appreciate the buzz of a classic French market scene.
Opening on 18 May, which is European Museum night, the Musee Rodin's Erik Samakh open-air exhibition will take you to the boundaries of nature and sculpture in a setting that celebrates one of Paris' most famous artists. Until 29 September. musee-rodin.fr
Those who find themselves in Paris on St Patrick's day can experience France's own Celtic roots at the Celtic Festival, a celebration of music, dance and song. The festival showcases the capital's own Breton-style band while also hosting acts from Nantes and Brest (16-17 March, actionsloisirs.com).
If the sun is shining and you have a day to spare, the Chateau de Fontainebleau is well worth a visit as an alternative to the tourist trap of Versailles. For history buffs there's plenty of Napoleon memorabilia, while gardeners can swoon at the lovely grounds. musee-chateau-fontainebleau.fr